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Male, US, born 1887, died 1962-11-24

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Boller Brothers, Architects

Professional History

Service, United States Army, Corps of Engineers, c. 1917-1918; Draftsman, Carl Boller, Architect, Kansas City, MO, 1905-c. 1920; in 1911, the Bollers partnered with the Sullivan and Considine vaudeville circuit, to design and built theatres on the West Coast. (Sullivan and Considine's firm, formed in the 1890s, encountered business problems by about 1910, worsened by the absence of partner "Big Tim" Sullivan from the business due to onset of tertiary syphillis; Sullivan died under mysterious circumstances in 1913, a year before Sullivan and Considine filed for bankruptcy.) Following their contracts with Sullivan and Considine, the Bollers developed professional connections in the booming California theatre construction market of the 1910s-1920s, enabling them to design at least eight theatres in the state. Carl Boller moved to the Los Angeles area in the 1920s, and supervised work in the Boller Brothers office there. Partner, Boller Brothers, Architects, Kansas City, MO, and Los Angeles, CA, c. 1920-1946. Robert Boller worked with another partner after his brother Carl's death in 1946, and then practiced on his own until 1957.

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA).


Born in Kansas City, MO, Robert Boller spent most of his life in MO, but traveled considerably overseeing theatres being built in the West. Boller died in Garland, TX.

His father was Charles William Boller (1832-1914), his mother, Pauline W.A. Grutzmacher (1845-1919), both born in Germany. They wed 07/04/1865 in Brunswick, MO, and resided in Saint Joseph, MO, raising ten children born between 1866-1887. (Carl Boller [born in 1868] was the second oldest, his brother, Robert [1887-1962], the youngest. Seventeen years separated the brothers.) Charles and Pauline and some other Boller family members were buried in the Ashland Cemetery, Saint Joseph, MO. The eldest Boller brother, William F. (1866-1957), worked in vaudeville as a magician, traveling theatrical circuits in MO and KS. Will worked occasionally as a scene painter, an occupation in which Carl began before getting into architectural design in 1903, with the planning of La Belle Theatre in Pittsburg, KS. Carl opened his own firm in 1905, taking on Robert as an apprentice that year.

Robert Boller married Ina Dorothy Dickinson in 1919.

Associated Locations

  • Garland, TX (Architect's Death)
    Garland, TX

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    Kansas City, MO

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PCAD id: 1214